Upgrading your wardrobe for summer can get expensive. From dresses to jeans to bathing suits, there are plenty of cute pieces that you might want for summer, but probably not enough room in the budget to upgrade everything. An especially expensive item to upgrade is your handbag. Even if your old one is looking a little worse for wear, it can be tempting to just wait to upgrade until the season of beach trips and ice cream cones is over. But if you do some careful shopping, you don’t have to break the bank to find the perfect designer handbag for summer. Ahead, these nine styles each cost less than $200.
1. Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote
If you need a small but structured handbag to carry your essentials, Rebecca Minkoff’s Avery tote may be a perfect match. Its small interior doesn’t have room for books or files, or even a big assortment of makeup. But this tiny bag makes up for what it lacks in size with serious style. A structured silhouette, rolled handles, an adjustable cross-body strap, and interior pockets make this bag both fun and functional.
2. Vince cross-body
Also on the list of small and sleek handbags you should consider is Vince’s leather cross-body. Geometric seaming details lend it a modern look, and its small size makes it the perfect choice if all you need with you on a daily basis is your phone, your wallet, and your keys. It’s also perfect for a night out, and the adjustable cross-body strap keeps your hands free whether you’re meeting your friends for drinks or out on an early morning coffee run.
3. Dooney & Bourke zip satchel
Another small but stylish handbag to consider is Dooney & Bourke’s zip satchel. The pebble grain leather has been treated to resist water stains (or whatever else the summer throws at it), and the handbag is elegantly structured. It features a zip-around closure, an optional and adjustable cross-body strap, interior pockets, plus protective metal feet that keep it from getting scratched when you set it down.
4. Fossil Sydney satchel
Just because the satchel silhouette is such a classic — not only for summer but also year-round — here’s another style to try. Fossil’s Sydney satchel is constructed of smooth leather in a simple and structured shape that will look perfect with all of your most polished summer outfits. It features a zip closure, an optional and adjustable cross-body strap, plus both interior and exterior pockets that make it easy to stay organized.
5. Longchamp Le Pliage tote
Longchamp’s Le Pliage totes are popular no matter the season. That’s because they’re lightweight and versatile, and are offered in a wide range of colors to complement the bright colors you love wearing in the summer or the muted tones you default to when it gets chilly outside. For summer, we’d recommend the small Le Pliage. Its size is perfect for everyday use, and can easily accommodate your wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses, plus the lipstick (or bottle of sunscreen) that you won’t leave home without.
6. Longchamp Le Pliage backpack
Another Longchamp style you might want to consider? The Le Pliage backpack. A small, sleek backpack is a great way to carry your essentials, particularly if you’re traveling and need a bag that won’t interfere with taking photos or sightseeing. The nylon construction makes the bag durable and water-resistant, which means that this is likely one of the more worry-free bags if you live either near the beach or in an area prone to frequent rainstorms.
7. Coach Courier bag
A cross-body bag is another great style to consider if you want to keep your hands free. Coach’s Courier bag, for instance, is a great choice for traveling, for weekends, or even for an everyday bag that will hold all the essentials without any fussy top handles. The cross-body strap is adjustable for a perfect fit, and this leather bag features both inside and outside pockets so that you’ll have a place for everything.
8. Mar y Sol Capri tote
If you want a very summery handbag for your weekend beach trips or tropical vacation, then a woven tote may be just the ticket. This Mar y Sol tote is handmade in Madagascar with sustainable materials, and will look just as great on the beach as it will at the farmer’s market. The bag is woven of sisal and features leather handles, plus raffia pom pom charms that just add to the summer-ready vibe.
9. Kate Spade canvas tote
Especially in the summer, it may sound more appealing to carry a canvas tote than a heavy handbag. If that’s your philosophy, look no further than Kate Spade’s newsprint canvas tote. It’s lightweight but durable, and you won’t have to worry too much about it collecting sand at the beach or gathering condensation when you throw your groceries inside. Plus, the headlines on the bag are so much more optimistic than the headlines in your typical newspaper and champion both gold lamé and silver linings.